A friend came up to me at work and said, “What d’ya think, four straight?” For who, I asked, Detroit? And he said no, Pittsburgh.
The more I thought about his prediction of four straight for Pittsburgh, the more I though he’d been smoking too much Texada Timewarp. I can see what he was thinking though, after Crosby and Malkin had their way with Washington and Carolina. But this is Detroit the Penguins are up against now. The defending Stanley Cup champs. A team of solid lines and solid defence, and a team of experienced stars like Nik Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Marian Hossa, Jiri Hudler, Brian Rafalski, and type A role players like Dan Cleary and Darren Helm.
The Penguins have two of the best of course, with Crosby and Malkin, aided by Jordan Staal, Bill Guerin, and a remaining cast that’s good but doesn’t measure up, at least on paper, with Detroit. I can’t see Crosby and Malkin having their way with this bunch like they did with others.
So no sweep by Pittsburgh. My friend’s so wrong he should get down on his knees and apologize to the hockey gods. Detroit has a great team and I think they’ll win it all. Game one’s in the books now, 3-1 for Detroit, and who knows, this series could be short and sweet.
By the way, the photo above is of the 1957-58 Wings. They won nothing that year because the Montreal Canadiens were winning everything. This was the middle of five straight Stanley Cups for Montreal. Detroit and everybody else never stood a chance.